Feb. 5, 2006
The Huskies' win was its 22nd-straight versus Washington State, and its 52nd in 62 games all-time between the two. The Huskies are 26-6 all-time against Washington State in Seattle, and have won 13 in a row in the series at home.
Washington is 10-4 over its last 14 games, and 20-8 in its last 28 games dating back to last season.
Including Sunday's 83-57 win, Washington's last four wins have come by an average of 20.5 points.
Washington State did not hit its first field goal until the 12:22 mark of the first half. The Cougars' first 16 possessions of the game resulted in 10 turnovers, just four missed shots, and two free throws. That basket drought allowed Washington to build leads of 17-1, and 19-2, before Amanda DuRocher finally found the basket with the three-point field-goal 7:38 into the game.
Washington scored 20 of its first 30 points off of 13 WSU turnovers, while building a 30-5 lead in the first 10:31 of the game. Washington finished the game with 34-13 advantage in points off turnovers.
After going without a basket for the first 7:38 of the first half, Washington State went nearly four minutes before hitting its first field goal of the second-half.
The win was Washington head coach June Daugherty's 99th over a Pac-10 team, and the 291st of her coaching career. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have reached the 300 mark - Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (649-175) and Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (590-246).
Sophomore Andrea Plouffe scored 11 of her 16 total points in the second half, including 11 of Washington's first 15 points after halftime. Plouffe finished the game 6-for-8 from the floor, including 4-for-5 in the second half.
Sophomore Dominique Banks set a career-high with 8 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive glass.
Junior Cameo Hicks matched her career-high with six assists, adding 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Washington has shot better than 45 percent in five of its last seven games, after doing so just twice in its first 14 games of the season. The Huskies shot 72.2 percent from the floor Sunday, including 54.3 percent (19x35) in the first half.
The Huskies' win, following a loss last Saturday to Arizona State, continued a pattern that has developed all season. Washington has yet to lose back-to-back conference games this year, and has lost back-to-back games just once overall, at Baylor and Texas A&M in December.
The Huskies' 15 wins are one more than it accumulated all of last season, while its 15-6 record is its best to open a season since the 2002-03 Dawgs started 17-3.
Washington has won 14 of its last 16 games at Bank of America Arena, including 10 of 12 this season.
Prior to Sunday's game, former Husky guard Kayla Burt was presented with her V Foundation Comeback Award by CEO Nick Valvano. Burt was named the 2005 recipient of the award in March of last season after her courageous comeback to basketball following a cardiac arrest episode on New Year's Eve, 2002.
Burt's award was just one of several notable festivities associated with Sunday's game. Washington celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day, allowing girls from area youth teams to take the court at halftime. In addition, the Huskies held their annual silent auction prior to the game, while Washington's alumni took to the court for the bi-annual Alumni Game, won by the Purple team (67-56).